Coffee, Cereal, and a UFC Recap

UFC Fight Night Winnipeg had an abundance of tight, intriguing matchups, a very good card in lead up to the final card of the year. It was like eating a really nice appetizer at a fantastic steakhouse prior to the main course. With some unexpected endings, along with some exciting finishes. This night of fights delivered some satisfactory results. Let us review.

Robbie Lawler vs Rafael Dos Anjos

 

– Rafael Dos Anjos looks a lot like he did when he was running through the lightweight division.
– Robbie Lawler certainly had a some leg issues; it might not have mattered.
– Dos Anjos probably will not take Tyron Woodley down, but his work against the cage could be an issue.
– Lawler vs Masvidal next, make it.
Fight Grade: B

Ricardo Lamas vs Josh Emmett

– Emmett hits hard at featherweight, Emmett also missed weight by two pounds.
– Emmett was still controlling the engagement prior to the knockout.
– Lamas vs Swanson rematch sounds about right.
– If Emmett makes weight his next fight, we have a real contender at featherweight.
Fight Grade: A
 
 

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs Mike Perry

 
– Perry is criminally overrated, but still very fun to watch.
– Ponzinibbio is a good fighter, still not elite.
– Never give Perry a top wrestler, the firefights are too fun.
– Ponzinibbio was just slightly more calculated tonight. Slightly.
Fight Grade: A
 

Glover Teixeira vs Misha Cirkunov

 

– Cirkunov is a top talent, again made critical mistakes to lose the fight.
– Impressive performance by the savvy veteran in Teixeira.
– Teixeira still likely does not see another title shot.
– Cirkunov vs Manuwa maybe?
Fight Grade: B+

 

 

 

Jared Cannonier vs Jan Blachowicz

 
– Very good fight, extremely calculated on both ends.

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– Blachowicz had one of his better performances in the Octagon, offered a nicely varied attack.
– Cannonier was pretty undersized, the jab gave him some real issues.
– Blachowicz needs to not be such a nice guy on the microphone after the fight.
Fight Grade: B+

 

 

Julian Marquez vs Darren Stewart

 
– Defense? What defense?
– Marquez could have fought more intelligently, the fans are glad he did not.
– Good ol’ fashioned slobber knocker.
– Marquez is a fun fighter to watch at middleweight.
Fight Grade: A
 

 Chad Laprise vs Galore Bofando

–  Laprise showed the difference between a Mixed Martial Artist and a great athlete that happens to fight

–  Bofando has some the funniest, and funkiest striking ever, but somehow it works.

–  Bofando has the worst ground game in the UFC. He was trying moves while being mounted that we haven’t seen since UFC 1

– Chad Laprise is 2-0 at welterweight, but still thinks he should be fighting at LW

Final Grade: B

 

Nordine Taleb vs Danny Roberts

– Hard to analyze when Taleb knocked Roberts out with the first strike that hit him

– Took Mike Perry over 14 minutes to knock out Danny Roberts, Taleb did it in under 1 minute.

– Nice to see a coach be blunt with a fighter. Henri Hooft told Danny Roberts to stop arguing with the referee because he was clearly knocked out

Final Grade: B+

 

John Makdessi vs Abel Trujillo

– Seemed like the year off helped Makdessi. He looked refreshed and in fantastic shape.

– Abel Trujillo was flat footed and has completely abandoned his wrestling. Seems like a fighter just cashing his checks.

– Makdessi came off looking bad after the fight for flipping out on Trujillo for not shaking his hand as long as Makdessi wanted

Final Grade: C

 

Alessio Di Chirico vs Oluwale Bamgbose

– Most expected Bangbose to come out throwing haymakers as soon as the fight started, but he was actually the complete opposite. Bamgbose ran most of the fight

– Di Chirico landed a beautiful knee to knock Bamgbose as soon as he got Bamgbose to engage with him.

– Bamgbose should be cut from the UFC.

Final Grade: C

 

 Erick Silva vs Jordan Mein

–  This was the matchup between two of the biggest busts in UFC history. Mein was simply less of a bust

– Mein has admitted to being burnt out of MMA because he has been fighting professionally for so long but when he is motivated, he is one of the technically best strikers in the division.

– Even with Jordan Mein having 42 career fights, he is still young enough to reach his goals.

–  Sad about what has happened to Erick Silva. It wasn’t that long ago that many people predicted him to beat Jon Fitch when he was ranked in the top 5. Now he is easily losing on the Fight Pass Prelims opening fight.

Final Grade: B

Overall Grade of the Event:  B

 
 
 

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